Rylan Clark has spoken about this year's Eurovision Song Contest, ahead of the annual international competition being hosted by the UK in May on behalf of last year's winning country Ukraine
Rylan Clark teases he will have to be 'a bit better behaved' at Eurovision this year
Rylan Clark has teased that he will have to be "a bit better behaved" at the Eurovision Song Contest this year, as the international competition will be hosted on home ground.
The annual song contest will be held in Liverpool in May. The UK will host the event on behalf of Ukraine, which was last year's winning country with its act Kalush Orchestra.
The competition will be held later this year at the Liverpool Arena. It will consist of semi-finals on May 9 and 11, before concluding with its Grand Final, which will be held on May 13.
Ahead of next week's allocation draw - which determines which countries participate in each of the two semi-finals - presenter Rylan, 34, has spoken about the beloved contest.
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Rylan - who's been a commentator for the semi-finals since 2018 - teased to Radio Times that he will be cautious over his behaviour at the event this year because it's in the UK.
Asked what he's looking forward to about the final, he said: "My one thing I look forward to is being able to be a punter, and be in a different country where I'm not known.
"The problem is this year it's on home turf – people are gonna know who I am, so I need to be a bit better behaved!"
He continued by expressing excitement, saying: "I just can't wait to see everyone, and I'm looking forward to [the official party venue] EuroClub because I do enjoy a night out."
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Rylan will kick off Eurovision 2023 with the "fanfare it deserves" later this month as he's co-hosting the 'handover and allocation draw' with fellow presenter AJ Odudu, 34.
They will conduct the live draw next Tuesday (January 31). It will determine which countries compete in the first semi-final, and which will participate in the second semi-final.
The so-called 'Big Five' - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK - automatically qualify for the Grand Final. The host country does too, so Ukraine is straight through to the final.
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Rylan told the outlet that he has watched draws in previous host countries, adding that he doesn't feel as though he needs to prepare to front this year's allocation draw.
And discussing the UK hosting the contest on behalf of Ukraine, he said he considers it an "honour". He said he's grateful to be able to give Ukraine "the celebration they deserve".
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